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NOTES FROM, SOUTHLAND,

; T ({■ROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. J Since my l»Bt, we have hud all aorta of weather here; but, notwithstanding the terrific north west gales, that blew down feaceo. uprooted oar forests, and caps'z-^d chimneys, and even houaes, and which were followed by the moßt destructive floods, there has been no Bnow except on the hills ; and, altogether, the weather h*a been exceptionally favorable for early lambing, as well as for cultivating the soil. Under ouch favorable conditioner, all farm work has been well done, and the youag crops, as well aa the paainre lands, ere all that oould be expected. Farmers are now busy rolling and preparing the land for potatota and turnips. Seed potatoes are hard to get at any price, and owing to a very large number of people having ran short of potatoes, through the failure of last Beaeon'o crop, the probability 1b that the area planted this Spring will be somewhat limited, aod that before twelve months henoe, It will be necessary for as to draw large supplies from Canterbury, or aome other place. Flour seema plentiful, bat the price has gone op of late £2 10s a ton, and worse than ail, the bakers have followed salt. Poor Bakers 1 At one time they oould manage to pinch a little, bet their little game is now played out, for our legislators said, "On aud after the paaalae; of this Act* thou ahalt not cheat." However, a loaf is still procurable for sixpence, The young man, Radka, who escaped from the Invercarglll Gaol, la still at largp, and nearly forgotten, bat the reward now offered may be the means of bringing him to justice. The affWira of the Wallaoe and Southland County Councils, are In a very unsatisfactory state, the former having exceeded the limit of overdraft by £3000, and the latter by about tw<C3 that amount. In consequence, the Auditor-General cannot pass the socounts ; and, not until the amountß are reduced to the legal limit, will he do bo. Oar councillors (Wallace) have at different tlmeß put their heads together to consider the beat means of getting out of the difficulty, and, aooording to the report of last meeting', they unanimously agreed to go m for worki g oat the dead horsa. Surfaceman are discharged, and all other works suspended for twelve montha at U-ast-. What about the Engineer ilnd other officials ? nay yonOb, they are to be kept on at £300 a year ustil euch times as things improve \ &nd, although it was admitted at the last meeting that thoro was nothiDg for the Engl neer to do, It seema his salary is to remain untouohed. After that, *ho can deny the old saying, that " It is better to ba born lucky than rich " The ratepayers of oar County amat be an easy-going lot, or they would not tolerate such liberality. The Wedneiday half»hohday has now been established both In Invercarglll and Klrorton, and punctually at twelve o'clock all business pUce3 are closed. Rinklng is still the leading amusement here, and each rinklng place is crowded every night. People may apeak of the depression as they like, and of the drawing of blood out of a stone, but the fact of so many hundreds of poor people being able to nod the money to enter these placos, still remain b a mystery to » good many. Both the high and tno low are to bs seen there, eve a those, who, It Is said, depend entirely upon charitable aid ; indeed. I have heard from good authority, of mofhers Belling and pawning their husbands' clothlog to enable them to go to the rink. An Association bas recently boen formed here for the protection of farmers' intoreata, to be called The Farmers' Cooperative Association, and, with proper manHg«ment, it muat prove a great boon to the general public. Some people have no idea of the extent to which f amors have been preyed upon. For instance, It haa been shown that one merohant here, made a clear profir o f from £1 to £15) on overy b«*lo of cornpioks sold, He sold 2000 m one Benson, representing a*profit of at least £2000, made out of farmers, to atart buying their grain Tfith Saoh foots ara both Instructive and alarming, November god, 1888;

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NOTES FROM, SOUTHLAND,, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1992, 9 November 1888

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NOTES FROM, SOUTHLAND, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1992, 9 November 1888

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